But it can’t be from Dolly Clackett. She gave me an Easter egg!

You probably know by now that the sewing blogosphere (coordinated by Sarah) is celebrating Roisin’s wedding by making a Sew Dolly Clackett fit and flare dress. As you read this, you might have already uploaded your dress in the Flickr group, since I’m probably the last one to upload mine – today is the last day and I’m almost too late.

I love all of Roisin’s dresses and I usually end up buying the patterns she’s using. This time it was Simplicity 2444.

I used this cotton sateen with a watercolor-like print. It somehow reminded me of this beautiful Oscar de la Renta dress. Yes, those are flowers and mine doesn’t have any, and mine is way busier, but well… it’s probably all the crazy colors on a white background that looked similar to me.

After measuring the pattern I cut the pattern 2 sizes smaller than the envelope said I should. I shortened the bodice by 2cm and I made the skirt 50cm long, but I see now that it’s not a great length for me. Not short, not long/midi, just somewhere there around the knee. I might cut another 5 cm, and next time I make the dress I’ll use the pattern length.

I didn’t read reviews of this pattern yet, but I wonder if anybody else had issues with the sleeves. I couldn’t ease those in for the life of me, I had to gather them a bit at the top. I don’t mind that, I love gathered sleeves, but the instructions and drawings were pretty clear – the sleeves should be eased in the armscye and no gathering is mentioned.

I have a pair of Irregular Choice pumps, but they are in black and they don’t go so well with this dress :(

I wish all the best to Roisin and Nic, and I cant wait to read the after wedding post :)

 

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Pattern Pyramid still in London

Second stop in London and 4th in the UK, the pyramid had a great time here in her home land, but she now wants to see the world again :)

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I picked 2 lovely 1960s patterns – The People 143 added by Joanne and McCalls 5996 added by Jennifer via Amy.

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Have a look at some of the other awesome patterns that long to travel

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I love that Simplicity 3552

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I added 3 patterns but I’ll add a Burda mag too if the pyramid goes to Australia or NZ, or other countries where Burdas are rare.

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If you want to spend some quality time with the pyramid and show her around your place of the world, leave a comment below. I will be travelling in the next 2 weeks so I’ll pick the pyramid’s new destination when I come back, on the 5th of May.

P.S. I am so lucky! Not only did the pyramid visit me this week, I have also won 4 yards of fabric from a sewnews giveaway.

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Tweedy Dan

I finished knitting this sweater exactly one year after adding the pattern in my favorites on Ravlery on 27/03/2013. :)

I started working on it in December last year and after finishing the body and half the cuffs, I just let it sit for a while before I could bring myself to finish the simple stockinette sleeves and sew everything together.

I loved the pattern as soon as I saw it, and it was free at that time! I was a bit afraid of all that cabling, but somehow everything went so well, after a couple of repeats I didn’t need to look at the instructions anymore. I just made a note of all the rows where I needed to do increases, decreases,  center cable left/right, etc.

Some reviews on Ravelry say the pattern is confusing and it could be so if you’re an absolute beginner. I did find it confusing at times, but not so that I couldn’t improvise and trust my “advanced beginner” intuition to sort thing out. The cabling is pretty straight forward, what I thought it’s not clear is whether the increase/decrease rows are included in the repeats. I can live with the decision I made – to add the decrease in the 5th row.

UntitledI’m happy with the result, here’s my giraffe pose to prove it :D

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Me Made May 2014

Me-Made-May’14 (MMM’14 for short) is a challenge designed to encourage people who sew/knit/crochet/refashion/upcycle garments for themselves to actually wear and love them. The me-made and self-stitched challenges have been taking place for over four years now and they work on both a personal and community level. The participants decide the specifics of their own challenge pledge, so that the month is appropriate and challenging for them (more on this below). A very common pledge is for a participant to aim to wear one self-stitched or refashioned garment each day for the duration of May 2014. The participants can also choose to document their challenge with daily photos (though this is in no way compulsory for taking part) and share them with other participants (more on this below).

I’ve been following the MMM movement from the beginning, but I never felt I have enough me made items to join the crowd. I am confident I can make it this year, so here is my pledge:

I, Geo of Made in my living room, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May ’14. I endeavor to wear at least one me made item each day for the duration of May 2014.

My plan is to take a daily photo and post it on Instagram and blog about it once a week.

Lately I find myself reaching for the same pair of black skinnies and that needs to change! But there’ll always be my ladybug pin for panic days :)

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Am I too late for the hoot trend?

When I first started sewing more than 5 years ago, my main resource was BurdaStyle website. Lots and lots of sewing tips, tutorials and free patterns. I still have manyof them saved din my account, but I think this is the first time I’m making something with one of their patterns. (I don’t count a failed Kasia that I attempted as a first project)

The JJ blouse is a simple princess seams shirt with ruffles and puffed sleeves. I skipped the ruffles as my fabric is busy enough.

I’m usually a 38-40 but after measuring the pattern I decided to cut 36 and my seam allowances were a bit more than 5/8, so this pattern runs large.
I also removed 2 cm in length, one from the bust and another one from the waist. This is standard for me as I am petite.

I had the buttonholes made at DMButtons. Save yourself a headache and use them if you are in London. You could also send them your garment by post if you are in the UK. I paid 3 pounds for 8 buttonholes, and they were done in 2 minutes. Sewn, cut and ready to use. I’m never making buttonholes again!

What you see there is water. It was raining and I wiped that street light with my bum.

I bought the fabric at Saeed’s Fabrics in my only (so far) trip to Walthamstow market last year. I had only one meter, it was an impulse purchase as I loved the print too much but had no idea what to make with it. A month or so ago I saw that a fitted blouse contest was going to run on Pattern Review. I had the pattern (still free on BurdaStyle), I had the fabric, a contest was the motivation I needed to make something.

This is the first shirt I make and I love it! It’s not often that a project ends up better than I imagined :) . I was feeling so smug I even tried the Rachel pose.

I won’t do it again. I promise!

 

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Almost there

This Sunday I ran the HM distance for the first time, the longest I ran before is 16 km. Hooray for me!! :D I have 7 more weeks until my first HM competition, so there is still some time to improve my close to 3 hours time.

The weather was so nice this weekend. But don’t be fooled by the image below, I’ve seen daffodils in bloom throughout the winter here.

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Here is an action shot of my running belt, sorry my hand is so short and I can’t show you a more “panoramic” view :) . I’ve been wearing it for all my runs lately and I love it. I don’t know how I could live without it so far. It did stretch a bit and I’m thinking of a new version with a separate smaller pocket for coins, so they don’t scratch my phone and jiggle while I run.

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I tried to run really slow, just to make sure that I can make the 21 kilometers, and good for me! Because I don’t think I would’ve made it otherwise. I stopped for a banana at 17km and it was so hard to get back to running after that. Maybe I should try gels, so I don’t have to stop?

I’ve been listening to the National a lot during this run. Their lyrics and his voice are so beautifully sad, I just want to give him a hug and tell him everything will be alright.

In other news – sewing/knitting related – I’ve made some progress with my perfect jacket pattern. I have it ready, 2 piece sleeve and all, I need to make a muslin now. I’m thinking of something similar to Dapper.

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I’ve cut my owl fabric for a JJ shirt.

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And my Tweedy Dan is ready, waiting to be blocked and sewn.

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Is it a boy? Is it a cat?

If you ever had a cat, you know they like to hide in boxes

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They jump on the fabric after you carefully measured from fold to selvage and made sure it’s on grain.4
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Hmmm… Do you believe in reincarnation? :D

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Burda top 111 02/2014

The February issue of Burda is the first one I bought in a very long time, maybe more than half a year. I loved many patterns when I saw the first preview but this wasn’t one of them. I actually thought this was ugly.

But then Pauline helped me see beyond the ugliness of the ruffly sleeves and I decided to give this pattern a try. OK, maybe they are not that ugly, but it’s not something I’d like to wear.

It’s just a basic blouse and in this fabric you can’t really see the lines of the pattern. I think this is the first time I’m making something with raglan sleeves. I usually make size 38 when I sew with Burda magazine patterns, but this time I decided to go with 36 after measuring the pattern across the bust. The top fits well around the bust, but it is a bit too narrow at the shoulders.

I like this two piece raglan sleeve, the shape of the shoulder is very soft.

Instead of using facings I decided to finish the neckline with bias tape. You might wonder how I handled the corners. :)

When sewing the tape on the right side of the blouse I made a small pleat at each corner. The pleat allowed the tape to “turn” at corners. If you don’t help the tape to turn and instead you stretch it around the corners, the neckline will pop out. It’s not very visible, but it happened to me at the right front corner. The pleat I made there was too small and I had to stretch the tape a bit.

It’s a lovely little pattern and I’m thinking of making it again as a plaid dress with bias cut skirt.

What do you think of the ruffles? Would you give them a try?

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Jalie + Fehrtrade = Love

I LOVE THIS SKORT! It’s Jalie 2796 and it’s such an ingenious pattern. There is a pocket on each side, so I won’t be needing my running belt when wearing this.

I didn’t expect this to fit so good, it was more like a test for the skort I plan to wear when running my first half marathon this April. I’m going to make one in red for the HM, because I can’t just run it wearing whatever, right?

The waist band fits snugly all around, but the skirt is loose enough to be comfortable when running. I guess. It’s still too cold to wear it outside.

Under the skirt there’s a pair of compression shorts. I zigzagged over the inseam and crotch seam to keep them flat, no chafing’s going to take place in there :)

The fabric is supplex from Tissu. They have terrible (none) customer service, but they’re cheap, so I’m probably going to buy from them again anyway.

Why didn’t you reply to my email, Tissu?

You probably recognized the top, is Fehrtrade’s XYT top, which I’ve sewn before, but it turned out much better this time. This was supposed to be in animal print with hot pink FOE around the edges (scruffybadger style), but life’s hard and Tissu don’t actually send what they confirm as shipped. And they don’t offer cheap shipping, so you can’t just order another animal print unless you want to pay more for shipping than what you’re paying for the fabric.

I was trying to get an action shot here but the pictures were too blurry to be used for anything else than a gif.

I’m still making an animal print top to go with my red skort. I have to run my first half marathon in style :D

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Vote for your favorite Plantain

I got a notification from WordPress a few hours ago saying that my stats are booming and my blog is getting lots of traffic. I checked my stats and noticed that my Plantain post has more than 160 hits today and most of my visitors are from France. So I figured that my Bowie bow-y Plantain has made it in the top 10 out of 551!!! Merci beaucoup  AmandineCamilleAnna and Eléonore :)

So go and vote your favorite – if it’s mine, great! If not, that’s ok, I didn’t vote for me either. I gave my vote to Felicia because her draped red Plantain is gorgeous, I absolutely love it.

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